You have a voice, one that’s unique and special. If you think you haven’t found yours yet, don’t worry. Put up missing signs. Ask everyone to return your voice to you if they see it around the neighbourhood.
I would like to find mine. It seems as though I’ve lost her. I’m not sure she wants to be returned to her original owner, however.
Feeling lost is perfectly normal. You can’t find what isn’t lost, right?
Seriously, you’ll come into your own soon enough.
Finding and developing your voice takes time. Years even.
When you first start, you might find yourself impersonating other writers. I know I did. That’s part of the process.
But don’t ever beat yourself down because you can’t write like someone else. You aren’t anyone else. You are your own person with your own voice.
Your voice is special. Treat it that way. You deserve to.
You will change. Your voice won’t stay the same. If it does, we might have a problem.
Promise me you won’t force yourself to write like your friend or favourite author. Pinky promise.
Sometimes the best thing you can do is to stop forcing the issue. Allow yourself to grow as a writer. Naturally.
We’ve reached that part of the post where I give tips on the process of finding your voice.
Bad advice incoming.
Write a lot.
Reading is great and all, but you need to put your own words down on paper too.
Finding your voice doesn’t happen overnight, especially not while you’re sleeping. Trust the process and enjoy the journey.
Analyze your stories.
Maybe you’ll find a common pattern. Do you start your novels a certain way? Do you frame your poems in a similar manner?
Why on earth would you echo another person’s voice when you want to find yours? Because you’ll realize there are things you just can’t emulate, no matter how hard you try. Besides, if you can’t pinpoint what your voice is exactly, at least you’ll know what your voice isn’t. That’s a start.
Tell stories aloud.
Writing and talking are similar. Storytelling requires a voice, regardless of the form it takes. So grab a friend or talk to yourself. You might stumble across a new discovery about yourself as a storyteller.
Happy voice finding!